This is a good book if you are a business owner, entrepreneur, or work in a management position where you have input in how the company operates. It includes a lot of advice for developing systems and processes in your business.
One of my favorite lessons is understanding the difference between working in your business and on your business.
To Pixar and Beyond covers the development and execution of Pixar's business plan in the early 1990s, ending in the sale of Pixar to Disney in 2006. The details of Lawrence and Steve Jobs planning their negotiation of a second film contract with Disney were especially fascinating.
Charlie Munger wrote a letter containing this list of Warren Buffett's eight reserved activities.
My favorite one is:
"His first priority would be reservation of much time for quiet reading and thinking, particularly that which might advance his determined learning, no matter how old he became."
The post contains a list of all eight.
Onward is written in a narrative format. The story is enjoyable and follows Howard's story of founding his own coffee company Il Giornale, his purchasing of Starbucks, and covers much of the Starbucks story from the time of his purchase in 1988 to 2011.
Part biography and part business story with insights into leadership and management practices.
From Publisher's Summary:
Mulally and his team pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in business history. As the rest of Detroit collapsed, Ford went from the brink of bankruptcy to being the most profitable automaker in the world. American Icon is the compelling, behind-the-scenes account of that epic turnaround.